Sony/ATV Taps Russell Emanuel to Lead Combined Production Music Division

Russell Emanuel
Jack Webb

Russell Emanuel

Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced on Thursday the integration of its production music divisions, EMI Production Music and Extreme Music, into one global operation. Russell Emanuel, co-founder, CEO and chief creative officer of Extreme, has been selected as the group’s president and CEO, the company said.

EMI Production Music is home to libraries including KPM, Music House and Juice, while Extreme Music boasts a roster that includes Quincy Jones, Hans Zimmer, Sir George Martin, Labrinth, Rodney Jerkins, Ramin Djawadi, and more. Sony/ATV said a joint effort of the two will “better serve its composers and client around the world.”

"Russell is undeniably one of the best in the business, and I’m pleased to recognize his expertise and influence with this new leadership role," said Sony/ATV chairman and CEO Jon Platt. "His vision to integrate these two successful production music entities will further support our composers, clients and catalogues on a global scale."

Emanuel co-founded Extreme Music in 1997 to provide production music to projects that did not have access to their own composers. In 2008, he sold Extreme to Sony/ATV but remained CEO. He later worked with Hans Zimmer and Steve Kofsky to launch Bleeding Fingers Music, a composer collective that has sourced music for Apollo Mission to the Moon, The Planets, Masterchef, Queer Eye and The Simpsons, among other projects.

"I am extremely thankful and excited for this incredible new opportunity," Emanuel said. "It's a dream scenario to harness two iconic brands, cutting edge technology and extraordinary talent to create a dynamic next chapter, which will be both evolutionary and revolutionary."